World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai

Dubai, on its never-ending quest to break records, announced the opening of the “world’s new tallest hotel” on Sunday (Feb 11), pipping another towering landmark in the city for the title.

The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel stands at 356 metres tall. That’s 32 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, to put things into perspective.

The new record-holder is within view of its predecessor, Dubai’s JW Mariott Marquis – just one metre shorter.

The Gevora’s first guests are expected on Monday, according to Emirati daily The National. The hotel has 528 rooms and an open-air pool deck.

Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which pierces the city skyline at 828 metres (half a mile) high.